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Sydney: Newtown

A few years ago, one of my best friends moved to Australia to further her studies. Nyko had been gone for months and I wanted to surprise her! The perfect opportunity came when Megan and Lauren talked about how they were going to Sydney in January 2016 for their cousin’s wedding. Nyko was based in…

What A Year This Day Has Been

· - Last Year, Best Coast ·

Somebody commented on one of my posts that she misses my random updates on my blog. So here I go. Brace yourselves. 6AM I heard Joey shuffling by the bedroom door — an indication she had to pee. She wasn’t barking or anything. I’m a very light sleeper and I can feel it when my…

Anniversary in Siargao: A Surprise From Jim

On our second morning in Siargao, I woke up bright and early! I let Jim sleep in a little bit more while I read my Miranda July book over coffee. Once Jim woke up, we headed straight to Very Good Nice for another surf sesh — do I sound gnarly yet?? Yuck haha. We were…

Anniversary in Siargao: Villa Maya + Shaka + Kermit

I can’t believe it’s been 2 years since I married Jim. We’re not very big on celebrating birthdays and other holidays but we promised each other we’d always celebrate our wedding anniversary! My birthday is in November, Jim’s is in December. Our agreement is to not spend much on gifts and save up for yearly…

Japan Holiday: Osaka Castle

Let’s pretend this post is not a month delayed. Hehe. I totally skipped blogging about the last day of our Japan holiday!! For our final day in Osaka, we woke up early and snuck in a trip to the famous Osaka Castle. It was such a beautiful day out, we got ice cream and coffee…

Japan Holiday: Kyoto Cooking Class & Tour

The last time Jim and I were in Kyoto was during our honeymoon in February 2015. It was also when I first experienced snow. It fell right as we stepped outside after our cooking class. It’s definitely filed under “core memory” in my brain. As we had such a wonderful experience then, we wanted to…

JAPAN HOLIDAY: Matsusaka Beef in Osaka

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Matsusaka Beef. We rode a bullet train to Osaka from Tokyo on the 29th and though it was my second time to ride a shinkansen (Japanese for bullet train), it was my first time to ride a “green car.” It’s equivalent to an…

Japan Holiday: Tokyo Afternoon Tour

As I said, we went drinking the night before and I cried my eyes out when I learned of Carrie Fisher’s passing. And as promised – here’s the selfie I took that morning. So I pretty much just wore shades the whole day haha! Headed out for an afternoon tour of Tokyo. It’s best to…